Rock­star Games has plans to launch a stand­alone ver­sion of Grand Theft Auto Online, which was prompt­ed, in part, due to the large quan­ti­ty of sat­u­ra­tion that Grand Theft Auto V has experienced.

At a Mor­gan Stan­ley Tech­nol­o­gy con­fer­ence, Take-Two Ceo Strauss Zel­nick said, “As you sell that many units, you will at some point arrive at the con­clu­sion that you’ve sat­u­rat­ed for pur­chas­ing the title. At that point you’re will­ing to exper­i­ment with the pos­si­bil­i­ty that maybe there is anoth­er way to bring peo­ple into the online expe­ri­ence. Make it super-low fric­tion, low price point. Sure, you don’t have access to the orig­i­nal sin­gle-play­er expe­ri­ence, but you do have access to an online world. Our view is per­haps that’s a dif­fer­ent mar­ket and that’s a way to expand the play­er base.”

He also stat­ed the com­pa­ny’s expe­ri­ence with sell­ing Red Dead Online as a stand­alone title, was a proof-of-con­cept. It gave Red Dead Online its biggest month since launch, and those who start­ed out just play­ing the online expe­ri­ence might upgrade to the full ver­sion too. Zel­nick sees it as an oppor­tu­ni­ty to bring in a larg­er play­er base, in-turn feed­ing long-term success. 

The stand­alone ver­sion of Red Dead Online is reg­u­lar­ly priced at $20, but was 75% off for sev­er­al weeks at launch, bring­ing it to $5. This may be the case with GTA Online, but Take-Two and Rock­star have not announced a release dare or price.

In oth­er GTA Online news, Rock­star just adjust­ed how PS Plus mem­bers get access to their month­ly, free GTA$. You can also check out what’s new in GTA Online this week.